Responsible for strategic planning, risk management and major investment decisions Mr. Echols has been personally involved in all aspects of multifamily development, finance and construction, since he founded the company in 1986. He remains an active and integral part of the decision making process for each development project and personally reviews projects through each major phase of planning, financing, design, construction and lease up. During his real estate career, which started in Dallas, Texas in 1972, Mr. Echols has successfully developed more than 50,000 luxury apartment units in major cities throughout the United States. Embracing a diligent work ethic and a total commitment to product quality Mr. Echols has built a substantial track record of high quality successful multifamily developments. Mr. Echols is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (Multi-Family Residential Council Bronze), The National Multi Housing Council, NAIOP, The National Apartment Association and numerous other civic and professional associations. He devotes time to various charities and educational institutions and has served on many advisory panels and committees. In 1972, Mr. Echols received his BBA from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
Darin W. Collier
Darin W. Collier is a Partner and President of The Worthing Companies. Mr. Collier is responsible of the day-to-day operations of Worthing and is actively involved in the conception, capitalization and execution of all development projects sponsored by the company. Mr. Collier has broad experience in the areas of multifamily development, acquisitions and dispositions, project capitalization, partnerships and joint ventures, entitlements, construction, and property operations. Mr. Collier is a past President of the Atlanta Apartment Association, and has served in numerous director and officer roles with various multifamily and business organizations, including the Georgia Apartment Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Collier is very active in legislative affairs affecting the development and multifamily industries, having served on Governor of Georgia's Water Rights Task Force, the Georgia Senate's Impact Fee Advisory Committee, and the National Multi-Housing Council's GSE Futures Task Force. He is also the past chairperson of the Georgia Better Government Fund, the political action committee for the multifamily industry in Georgia.
J. Michael McGwier
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President of The Worthing Companies Mr. McGwier is responsible for all development and acquisition activities undertaken by the company. As such, he leads and directs the activities of others both inside and outside the company who make up the team involved in developing and acquiring properties throughout the Southern United States. Mr. McGwier joined The Worthing Companies in 2011 and brings over 32 years of experience in development, construction and management of multifamily apartment communities. Prior to joining the Worthing Companies Mr. McGwier served as the Senior Managing Director for the Southeast Division of Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC (MCRT). Mr. McGwier’s responsibilities included development, construction and financing of multifamily developments, including 22 years spent in leadership roles at Trammell Crow Residential (TCR). As Executive Managing Director, Mr. McGwier was responsible for all development, construction, management and acquisition activities for the Southeast Region. . Mr. McGwier's tenure at TCR began in 1981 when he became Vice President, Construction for the Southeast Division. Mr. McGwier relocated to the Maryland office of TCR as a Development Partner in the Mid-Atlantic Division. In this role, he managed the development of over 1,300 apartment units, including TCR's first high-rises, The Chase at Bethesda. In 1990, Mr. McGwier relocated to Atlanta and served as Vice President, Operations for TCR's Southeast Division. In this capacity, he was responsible for the property operations and management of more than 13,000 apartment units in Atlanta, Memphis and Nashville. Mr. McGwier began his career in 1978 with Henry C. Beck Company, an international real estate and construction company. Mr. McGwier is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Construction Management. Mr. McGwier is the past president of the Atlanta and Georgia Apartment Associations. He is a current member of ULI.
J. Bernard Mannelly, III
Senior Vice President – Development
Bernard Mannelly joined The Worthing Companies in 2006. As the Senior Development Manager, Mr. Mannelly is responsible for the origination of new developments and all other development related activities. These include pre-construction, design development, zoning, entitlement, and permit activities and all other duties and responsibilities required prior to the beginning of construction. Prior to joining Worthing, Mr. Mannelly was a managing director at Bullock Mannelly Partners, a boutique real estate brokerage firm specializing in capital formation and land brokerage. Previously, he was with Bank of America as a part of their Structured Debt Group, which provided structured finance products for some of the country’s largest and most successful REITs, and as an originator for their Permanent Loan Group, which provided fixed rate, non-recourse mortgages throughout the Southeast. Mr. Mannelly received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and received his MBA from Georgia State University in 2002.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Wall's role includes oversight of the corporate finance and accounting areas, Human Resources and Risk Management as well as involvement with the capital market relationships. She is responsible for tax and partnership reporting activities. Prior to joining Worthing in 2006, Ms. Wall served as Director of Finance at The Atlanta Housing Authority. Since 1989, she has held senior management roles in various real estate companies including fourteen years with TMW Real Estate, then a privately held German owned company, and has significant experience in almost all facets of commercial real estate management, investment and development. Ms. Wall graduated with high honors at Kennesaw State University in 1987, receiving a BA in Accounting. She is a CPA and holds the CCIM designation. Faye is a member of the AICPA, GSCPA, and CCIM organizations.
Senior Vice President – Human Resources
Ms. Ealy supervises staff interests for both The Worthing Companies and Worthing Southeast Builders. She is responsible for the development of formal systems in the organization that ensure effective and efficient use of human talent to accomplish organizational goals. Her responsibilities include employee relations, compensation and benefits, policy and procedure training, workers compensation, and compliance with Federal and State agencies. She is instrumental in workforce planning, development and employment. Ms Ealy joined Worthing in 1992, became Director of Human Resources in 1997 and Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2006. Prior to joining Worthing, Ms. Ealy was employed by Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company where she worked in benefits analysis. In 2002, she earned her Professional in Human Resource certification (PHR), and is a national member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of SHRM. Ms. Ealy attended Brevard College in North Carolina from 1983 to 1985.
Kimberly W. Clay
As Controller, Ms. Clay oversees the operations of the Accounting Department in the areas of corporate and client financial reporting, establishment of internal controls, policies and procedures, audit compliance, staffing, loan administration and financial institution relationships. She is also involved in the new development construction loan draw process, from closing through disposition. Ms. Clay began her tenure with Worthing in 1998, serving in several accounting areas including construction and property management and as Assistant Controller. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Commerce and Business Administration.
Kari L. Campbell
Senior Vice President / Property Management
Overseeing Worthing property management and quality assurance, Ms. Campbell is responsible for all aspects of on-sight property operations and leasing. She also directs and is responsible for all project performance reporting, rent revenue strategies and all revenue and expense facets. Ms. Campbell brings more than 15 years of experience in managing properties ranging from class AA to class C and mixed use developments in major markets throughout the United States. She previously held senior level positions with Insignia and Jacques Miller Companies. During her 10 year tenure with Worthing she has served as Regional Director and was the corporate liaison to Worthing's largest fee management clients including INVESCO and TA Associates. She currently oversees a staff of over 30 property management executives and approximately 300 management and service personnel that manage a portfolio of over 15,000 units. Ms. Campbell received her BBA in Marketing from Mercer University in 1990, working through school as a leasing representatitve for the Sterling Group. Ms. Campbell has her CAM (Certified Apartment Manger), CAPS (Certified Apartment Property Supervisor) and is a long standing member of the Atlanta Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association.
James Beasley joined The Worthing Companies in January 2013 as Regional Director. In Mr. Beasley’s role as Regional Director, he supervises multiple Community Directors and is responsible for all budget preparation, financial reporting, market analysis, and promotional efforts. Mr. Beasley has been involved in the multifamily industry since 2001 with extensive experience at both on-site property and executive levels. Prior to joining Worthing, James began his property management career with Post Properties, gaining valuable experience at many different operational levels including Assistant Manager, Property Manager and IT Systems Support and Training. He also acquired industry experience as a part of several other well respected Atlanta based management firms including IT Systems Trainer at Williams Residential Management, Regional Manager at Vista Realty Partners, and most recently Regional Portfolio Manager at First Communities. Mr. Beasley is very involved with several local volunteer and charitable organizations in Atlanta and is the 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Atlanta Chapter Man of the Year. He also holds his real estate license with the State of Georgia Real Estate Commission.
C. Leigh Scofield
Regional Director – New Development
Ms. Scofield has had a successful career in property management for more than 25 years, and joined The Worthing Companies in August 1990. During her 22-year tenure with Worthing, Ms. Scofield has held various operational and management roles including Associate Community Director, Community Director, Training & Marketing Director, and Senior Community Director. Although she has managed properties for third party institutional and fee-managed clients, her specialty is in overseeing the lease-up of new Worthing developments, a role which Ms. Scofield has held exclusively since 1996. Ms. Scofield holds the NALP (National Leasing Professional) designation, CAM (Certified Apartment Manger) designation, CAPS (Certified Apartment Property Supervisor) designation, and is a long-standing member of the Atlanta Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association. She received her Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from Bauder College in 1989.
Christian Vitale joined The Worthing Companies in July 2007. During his tenure he has held various operational and management roles including Associate Community Director, Community Director, and Regional Director. Mr. Vitale’s role as Regional Director is to supervise multiple communities and is responsible for reviewing accounts payable, financial reporting, market analysis, promotional efforts, and for all budget preparation. Mr. Vitale has overseen one of Worthing’ s largest value add projects, which consisted of executing interior renovations for a 610 unit property within a two and a half year timeline. The project also included the full interior renovation of the property’s leasing office, resident clubhouse, full exterior painting, multiple amenity upgrades and the implementation of new amenities. Mr. Vitale is also active with the Atlanta Apartment Association and has served on multiple committees including New Membership and Can Can Ball. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing from Kennesaw State University.
Trent Jones, CAM
Regional Marketing Director
Trent Jones joined The Worthing Companies in 1999 as a Marketing Representative at a community in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2001, he relocated to Atlanta and joined Worthing’s new development lease-up team. In 2004, he managed Worthing’s student housing community in Lafayette, Indiana. Relocating back to Atlanta in 2006, he managed and sold multiple communities. In 2010 he was promoted to the Marketing and Training Director for all Worthing managed assets. He is responsible for all aspects of marketing efforts including: website design, social media, advertising, promotional campaigns on all new development and fee managed assets. Trent also coordinates and facilitates training for the onsite teams. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor’s of Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix in 2010. He is a member of the Atlanta Apartment Association and holds the Certified Apartment Manager designation.
Risk Management Director
As Risk Management Director, Ms. Henry is responsible for managing risk factors, overseeing and implementing the requirements for Worthing’s vendor database and managing property loss and personal injury claims. She currently oversees liability determinations; emergency response recovery efforts post loss, as well as assessing, minimizing and preventing property loss by being knowledgeable in insurance guidelines and safety measures. Ms. Henry joined The Worthing Companies in 2011 as Risk Management Administrator, became Risk Management Coordinator in 2013 and Risk Management Director in 2015. Additionally, Ms. Henry is responsible for all aspects of regulations. Ms. Henry is active with the Atlanta Apartment Association, serving on multiple committees throughout the years including Peggy Waskom Super Bowl, Membership and Trade Show. Ms. Henry studied at Kennesaw State University.
Regional Project Manager
Leyna Schmitz joined The Worthing Companies in April of 2013 as a Marketing Representative. Ms. Schmitz relocated to Durham, NC where she was a part of the new development lease-up team for communities in the Duke University and Research Triangle Park markets. In 2015, Ms. Schmitz returned to Atlanta as the Assistant Community Director of a new development in West Midtown. She was promoted to the position of Regional Project Manager where she leads due diligence efforts, dispositions, and executes portfolio wide initiatives. Ms. Schmitz received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and is a member of the Atlanta Apartment Association.
Regional Project Manager
Michael Fisher joined The Worthing Companies in January of 2013. After graduation from Georgia Tech in May of 2013, Mr. Fisher moved to Durham, NC to work as a Marketing Representative at a Worthing lease-up. Mr. Fisher relocated back to Atlanta and holds the position of Regional Project Manager where he leads due diligence efforts, dispositions, and executes portfolio wide initiatives. Prior to joining Worthing, Michael played baseball at Georgia Tech from 2005-2007. After his junior year, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and played in for both the Braves and the New York Mets minor league systems, reaching AAA with the Buffalo Bisons (Mets). He received his BSBA in Finance from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business and was a student member of IREM.
Executive Vice President / Construction
As Chief Operating Officer of Worthing Southeast Builders Mr. Ingram oversees all day-to-day activities of Worthing’s design/development and general contracting business unit. Mr. Ingram’s construction experience encompasses a broad range of residential and mixed use projects including both high density mid-rise and low-rise conventional developments. Mr. Ingram brings over 25 years of experience specializing in the construction of investment grade apartment and condominium projects in major markets throughout the United States. With a broad range of expertise in every major phase of construction, design and development he has the skill and experience needed to successfully complete all Worthing sponsored construction projects. Prior to joining Worthing Southeast Builders in 1987 he served as Vice President of VRI Builders, Inc. a Texas based general contractor of multifamily developments with construction operations throughout the United States. Mr. Ingram is involved in the Atlanta Apartment Association, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and other civic and professional associations. He currently holds general contracting licenses in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. Mr. Ingram is also a LEED Accredited Professional certified by the USGBC. Mr. Ingram is a 1977 graduate of Tarleton State University.
Kem A. Carstarphen
Vice President of Operations
As Vice President of Operations, Ms. Carstarphen oversees the day-to-day office activities including financial reporting and administrative operations of the company. She also manages the project job cost reporting and budgeting while interfacing with Project Managers and Field personnel as needed. Ms. Carstarphen also implements Worthing Southeast Builders safety program and interfaces with the project staff to coordinate all field offices and procedures. She works closely with various city, county, and state municipalities for project permitting needs, licensing requirements and various jurisdictional regulations. She is also responsible for identifying entitlement costs in target markets. Ms. Carstarphen joined Worthing Southeast Builders in 1992. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1992 and is fluent in Spanish.
Design Development Coordinator
As Design Development Coordinator, Mr. O’Brien is responsible for the management of the design process for all new development projects, acting as the liaison between Development and Construction to ensure the timely and accurate handoff of complete documents to the construction team. Mr. O’Brien joined The Worthing Companies in 2012 and brings an extensive and diverse background in architectural design, construction management and real estate development over the course of his twenty five year career. Prior to joining The Worthing Companies, Mr. O’Brien managed design and construction projects from Texas to Connecticut as Director of Development for Ronus Properties. Mr. O’Brien began his career as a commercial architect in Atlanta with TVS Design. Mr. O’Brien is a 1985 graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Masters in Architecture.
Senior Project Manager
As Senior Project Manager, Mr. Carr is responsible for estimating, buyout, contract negotiation, project administration, and the oversight of multifamily construction activities. Mr. Carr directs his team to ensure delivery of "A" level apartment and condominium homes while maintaining quality, schedule and budget. Prior to joining Worthing Southeast Builders in 1996, Mr. Carr was Senior Project Manager with Realty Construction Corporation, where his responsibilities included multiple projects in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Texas. Mr. Carr began his multifamily career in 1984 with Calibre Company of Georgia where he worked in the Atlanta area supervising the construction of both apartment and condominium projects. Mr. Carr is a 1978 graduate of Spring Garden College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology.
Senior Project Manager
As Senior Project Manager, Mr. Smith is directly responsible for overall project performance from buyout to scheduling and owner acceptance. He works consistently with each project team to insure the best quality product on time and within budget. Prior to joining Worthing Southeast Builders in 1998, Mr. Smith was Director of Construction for Julian LeCraw & Co., Inc. in Atlanta, GA., where Mr. Smith was personally involved in the construction of multifamily projects throughout the southeast as both a Project Manager and Director of Construction. Prior to Julian LeCraw & Co., Mr. Smith worked as a Project Manager for several hotel developers throughout the country as well as a lender’s consultant for various banking institutions. Mr. Smith is a 1973 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and is a member of the Atlanta Area Apartment Association and other civic and professional associations.
Chief Estimator/Project Manager
Mr. Greene was promoted in 2013 to Chief Estimator. His responsibilities include developing comprehensive project estimates for all of Worthing Southeast Builders projects. Additional duties include analyzing take-off quantities, conceptual estimating, and overall project buy out. Mr. Greene joined Worthing Southeast Builders in 2005 as an intern while attending Auburn University. He continued to work summers and vacations while in school. He joined Worthing Southeast Builders full time in May 2011 as an Assistant Project Manager. He is directly involved with estimating, buyouts, and contract negotiations. Mr. Greene studied Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Engineering and Management at Auburn University.
Shana Johnson originally joined Worthing Companies in 2001 and returned in 2018. During the past 18 years in property management, she has held various operational and management roles including Leasing Manager, Assistant Community Director, Community Director and Senior Multi-Site Director. Although her career started in Atlanta, GA, she expanded her market knowledge to Texas, Virginia, Maryland and DC markets. Her specialty is managing for third party institutional and fee-managed clients where she has had the opportunity to successfully participate in acquisitions, dispositions, lease ups, and renovations. She brings experience in high-rise, garden style, mid-rise, mixed use communities and student housing covering throughout multiple markets. Shana had been a long standing member of the National Apartment Association as well as serving as a Board member for the Chamber of Commerce in Wheaton, Maryland and Chairman for Public Relations Membership Committee. She was also awarded Regional Manager of the Year in 2014 for demonstrating ability to have exceeded budget with highest year over year performance.
Nicki Trinidad joined The Worthing Companies in April 2015 overseeing the lease-up of Worthing developed communities in Houston and Dallas, Texas. In May 2018, Ms. Trinidad relocated to Atlanta to assume the position as Area Director. In Ms. Trinidad’s role as Area Director she is responsible for supervision of multiple communities where she oversees property operations to include reporting, market analysis, promotional efforts and all budget preparation.
Ms. Trinidad has been involved in the multifamily housing industry for more than 20 years in Florida, Texas and Georgia with extensive experience at Greystar where she earned Property of the Year Award and with ConAm Management where she earned Most Improved Property.
Ms. Trinidad is an active member of the Dallas Apartment Association, the Atlanta Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association.
Regional Training Manager
Ellie Baker joined the Worthing Companies in October of 2015 as a Leasing Consultant in Nashville, TN. From there she became a part of the lease-up team in Houston, TX and returned to Atlanta, GA in 2016. She has worked on multiple sites from Georgia to Texas as a Leasing Consultant and Assistant Manager role. In 2018 she was promoted to the Regional Training Manager where she facilitates the training and mentor programs for all on-site team members. In addition to training, she assists in all aspects of marketing efforts including: social media, advertising, promotional campaigns for all new development and third party managed assets. Ms. Baker studied psychology and political science at Georgia State University and continues her personal industry training through both the National Apartment Association and the Atlanta Apartment Association.